RE: SAN evaluation

From: Matthew Zito <>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 12:15:31 -0400
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Definitely find out about the manageability of the platform - how hard is it to make configuration changes, are there restrictions on LUN/raid group sizing, what are the limits on number of attached hosts, exposed LUNs, etc.

Also, ask the vendors for information against each other - while some of it is going to be FUD, you can often find out about issues or weaknesses in their offerings that would be relevant to your environment that the vendor might have been glossing over during your discussions.

I would definitely put a vote in for NetApp - lots of flexibility, good performance, multiprotocol, outstanding snapshot capability.


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[] On Behalf Of Terrian, Thomas J Mr CTR DLA J6DIB
Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 7:19 AM
To: ORACLE-L Freelists
Subject: SAN evaluation

We have just begun the process of evaluating a new SAN vendor. We are presently developing a list of criteria/requirements/questions for the new vendor. So far we have come up with the following:

  1. What is their I/O speed.
  2. What kind of SAN replication options do they offer.
  3. Presently we are using RAID 5. I would like to move to RAID 0+1. What do they recommend?
  4. Does their product have any Oracle related features. For example, I know that HP has a SAN developed specifically for an Oracle warehouse. Does their product have any bells and whistles for RAC, Streams, etc.

Has anyone gone through a similar exercise where they had to evaluate a SAN vendor? If so, could you share your thoughts with the list?



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